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Kenny Wang

Degree:

MBA

Location:

Australia

Industry:

Energy and Resources

Year:

2019-20

By Kenny Wang

Get to know Kenny Wang, MBA 2019-20

Tell us about yourself: I do my best to enjoy life and be present in the moment. Learning is a passion of mine, with health and wellbeing being most important to me. However, I do enjoy the occasional cheeky cigar and whiskey to unwind but enjoy it even more with good company.

Sector/Industry you worked in pre-MBA: Oil and Gas

Sector/Industry you are hoping to work in post-MBA: Join the family business in manufacturing/distribution

Country of residence before coming to Oxford: Australia

College: Keble College because of its interesting architecture and history of being open to students from all walks of life

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/kennywang21

Q1. In one word, how would your best friend describe you, and how would you manager describe you?
Best Friend: Annoying
Manager: Resilient

Q2. Tell us about where you have come from and what has led you to Oxford, and more specifically, the Oxford MBA.
I am first generation Australian, the first in my family, Melbourne-born and raised with Chinese heritage. My Mum is from Beijing and my Dad from Shanghai. During my university days, I studied in Australia, Canada, China and The Netherlands, and my work has taken me to various countries such as South Korea, Indonesia, India, France, and offshore Australia! At Royal Dutch Shell, I was fortunate enough to work in the engineering, construction, installation and maintenance teams for the world’s largest floating structure and first ever Floating Liquified Natural Gas (FLNG) facility – Prelude FLNG. I eventually decided to make the transition back into my family’s business, which requires an MBA to develop my financial acumen, general management knowledge and global network. The Oxford MBA provides a holistic approach to teaching business and focuses on combining hardcore technical theory with exposure to the humanities, fostering a highly diversified environment of culture and people.

Q3. What have you done to prepare yourself for the MBA?
Everything so far has been focused around organising our move from Perth, Australia to Oxford. My wife and I are expecting our first baby boy in November, so careful preparation has been made to ensure the safe transition over as well as continuing the medical care through the UK National Health System. Further to that, we are also bringing over our miniature Dachshund (sausage dog), who has had his fair share of checks and vaccinations in preparation for his big journey to Oxford – flying with Malaysian Airways! In our journey to obtaining visas and organising long term accommodation, we have had more curve balls thrown at us than we expected, giving us many lessons learned for future moves as a growing family. In my situation, the best preparation I can do for my MBA is to ensure the comfortable settlement of my family, so that I am able to give my very best when it all begins!

Q4. What do you hope to gain from completing your MBA?
A strong grasp of the technical fundamentals for various disciplines of business. Becoming more exposed to other schools of thought and being more aware of different industries around the world. Most importantly, building lasting relationships.

Q5. What is the best advice you received before commencing your MBA?
Be very clear on what your priorities are and what areas you want to be involved in, the year will fly by and fear of missing out (FOMO) is very real. As I will become a Dad early into the MBA, this advice given to me is critical for my success both in class and at home.

Q6. What part of the programme are you most looking forward to?
The respectful debates and discussions, the opportunity to throw myself into areas unknown to me, and the time to explore Oxford with my family, friends and classmates.

Q7. What do you think will be the most challenging part of the programme?
Time management

Q8. How do you plan to take the learnings from the MBA to influence positive change?
My goal is to support the growth of my family’s business to become one of the most fulfilling, engaging and enjoyable places to work, providing our employees with opportunities for personal and professional development, and challenging the norm in how a manufacturing/distribution business operates whilst achieving consistently strong returns. I’m confident that the Oxford MBA will provide the firepower required to help me drive this vision.

Q9. Are there any sport teams, societies, or clubs you’re hoping to become a member of?
I would like to join or help start the Family Business OBN, become an active member of Keble College and try my hand at being the coxswain of a rowing crew (as I’m not that big for a rower!).

Q10. Lastly, what’s your favourite hashtag?
#Gratitude

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